Taste of Jordan


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Jordan has a rich culinary culture, parts of which date back thousands of years and parts that are influenced by its modern history and the diversity of the people who live here. Explore the sights, sounds and smells of Jordan on this unique tour that focuses on the local cuisine, the fresh ingredients found here, and the age-long processes and traditions that are part of the local culture.

 



  • Duration:  11 days / 10 nights
  • Style: culinary

 

  • Tour Departs: daily
  • Arrival / Departure: airport transfers included
  • Transport: private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation: 8 nights at hotels and 1 night lodge / guesthouse and 1 night Desert Camp
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts 
  • Guides:  local / licensed 
  • Tours: Ajoul, Madaba, Dead Sea , Aqaba , Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman 
  • Entrance fees: included.

Day 1: Arrival Amman

Amana Tourism Services - Tase of Jordan - Day 1You arrive in Amman at Queen Alia International Airport, where you finalise your visa and immigration entrance to Jordan, pass the passport registration area and collect your luggage. After that, our driver is waiting for you at the arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name. Our driver takes you to your hotel in Amman.

Accommodation: hotel in Amman

Day 2: Dinner at Beit Sitti

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You begin your culinary journey though Jordan by learning the basics of traditional cuisine in a traditional house in Amman. After cooking your way through the evening, you sit down to enjoy the meal at Beit Sitti which is Arabic for “my grandmother’s house”. With your group, you learn to make appetisers, a main course and Jordan’s favourite dessert knafeh.

Knafeh

This famous Arabic dessert is served at every occasion and all around Jordan. A base of white cheese is topped with shredded dough, sprinkled with chopped pistachio nuts and smothered in sugar syrup.

Accommodation: hotel in Amman

Day 3: Hike in Ajloun

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 2Today you head north to Ajloun for a walk through the ancient olive groves, past local villages. You visit the soap house, where local women make olive oil soap by hand, incorporating traditional herbs and oils. Then you visit the biscuit house to try some homemade olive oil and molasses biscuits. You can have a traditional lunch at a rest-house along the trail, where local women make dishes typical to the area such as makmoura. If it is the right season, you can take part in the olive harvest by helping the locals pick olives. You can spend the night at the Ajloun Nature Reserve or head back to Amman for the night.

Makmoura – north of Jordan

Chicken or meat is roasted in a pot and served on bread with plenty of olive oil.

Olives and oil

Olives and olive oil are staple ingredients in Jordanian cuisine. Olives have been grown in Jordan for centuries and olive oil has been produced since ancient times.

Accommodation: lodge/guesthouse at Ajloun Nature Reserve or hotel in Amman

Day 4: A meal in Madaba

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 3In the morning you travel to Madaba, stopping on the way at an olive press to learn about the process and have an olive oil tasting. There you can enjoy fresh Mana’eesh for breakfast, made with Jordanian olive oil.

You visit Madaba to see the Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land and other sites. For lunch in Madaba or on the way to Mount Nebo, you can try sajjiyeh or an Arabic mezze.

After lunch your tour continues with a visit to Mount Nebo. Then you wind your way down to the lowest point on earth and spend the night at the Dead Sea.

Accommodation: hotel at the Dead Sea

Day 5: Tomato Time

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 4In the early afternoon, you visit the village of Ghor Mazra’a where you can meet the local community, learn about their customs and help them make Gallayeh, a traditional tomato dish, for lunch. If it is tomato harvest season you can help them pick tomatoes. After lunch you travel to Aqaba where you spend the night.

Accommodation: hotel in Aqaba

Day 6: Buried under the sand

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 5You can explore the beautiful corals of the Gulf of Aqaba with a morning snorkelling trip and lunch on the boat.

In the late afternoon you visit Wadi Rum, the magnificent red desert that recently became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wadi Rum is home to several Jordanian Bedouin tribes. As you sip on some traditional Bedouin sweet tea, you can watch the sunset. You spend the night at a campsite where you can enjoy a Bedouin Zarb for dinner.

Zarb

This is a traditional desert method of cooking meat, whereby a hole is dug in the ground and a wood or coal fire is lit at the bottom. A whole lamb or chicken is then placed inside in a metal container and this is buried over with sand. It is left there for a few hours to smoke, then unearthed and served. Delicious!

Accommodation: Bedouin Desert Camp in Wadi Rum

Day 7: Cardamom and coffee

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 6After a tour in the spectacular desert of Wadi Rum; you have lunch in a Bedouin tent followed by the traditional cup of Bedouin coffee made from freshly roasted coffee beans and cardamom. After lunch you travel to Petra to spend the night there.

Accommodation: hotel in Petra

Day 8: Cooking in Petra

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 7You tour the ancient rose-red city of Petra, which was built by the Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago. For dinner you will be honing your local cooking skills at the Petra kitchen.

Accommodation: hotel in Petra

 

Day 9: Mansaf

VenturAmana - Taste of Jordan - Day 8After breakfast, you can enjoy a morning visit to Beidha. You travel along king’s highway, visit a vegetable market in Tafileh for tea and continue on to Karak, the heart of Jordan’s national dish – Mansaf. Learn about jameed and dig into some mansaf for lunch. After lunch you return to Amman.

Accommodation: hotel in Amman

Day 10: Downtown delights

In Jordan’s capital city of Amman, you begin your morning with a tour of the Amman Citadel, where civilizations have resided going back thousands of years, including Roman, Byzantine and Islamic. Then you head downtown for a walking trail, tasting the various street foods along the way, including fresh fruit cocktails, shawerma, falafel, knafeh and other sweets and so much more.

Accommodation: hotel in Amman

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, our driver takes you back to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.

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